Dedicated to bringing quality young horses up to the highest levels in the sport of show jumping.
Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller
Partnership & Vision
Seven years ago, Michael Meller and Katherine Gallagher met through a mutual friend. Since then, the two have formed a close relationship, which has allowed great success in their business ventures with the creation of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses. In part with E2 Show Jumpers, the duo owns a string of young horses in Europe where they worked to produce top stallions and competitors on the European circuit. Offspring of their program include Camillo VDL, Caius and Very Chic Du Tillard who are now representing the strengths of the European program in North American. After cultivating successful partnerships in Europe, the pair have consolidated their efforts to launch Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses where they will continue to capitalize on the success of previous North American horses, including Robin de Ponthual, Retiro, Waterloo and Carneyhaugh Manx.
A former rider himself, Meller is now known in the equestrian industry as a trainer who knows a good horse. Having helped produce a number of top young jumpers, Meller has a keen eye for seeing a horse's potential and helping it rise to the occasion.
Gallagher started riding when she was young, and since then, has been dedicated to the sport and the welfare of the horses. She has enjoyed watching the horses grow to their full potential through Meller's program. For many years Gallagher has worked hard to ensure the best care for each horse and that they move on to well matched owners.
With rider Peter Lutz in the saddle, Gallagher and Meller strive to positively impact the future of show jumping by breeding, training and showing some of the top young horses in the world. By putting the horses first, Gallagher and Meller take a careful approach to training, paying attention to the specific needs of each horse as it advances from the Young Jumpers to the CSI5* level.
Lutz began riding he was 10 years old in Fairfield, Connecticut. His junior career included winning the ASPCA MAclay Finals and the USET Talent Search Finals, as well as being the American Horse Show Association Junior Rider of the Year in 1992. During college, he worked for Judy Richter and Andre Dignelli, as well as Gerhert Etter in Switzerland. After graduating from Yale University, he went on to work privately for the Edelman Family and the Goutal Family before founding his own business, Davenport Stables. In March of 2014, he began working with Meller.
Upon claiming the victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League qualifier at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in 2015 and winning the CP Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows CSI5* in 2016, the team at Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses looks forward to continued success for Lutz and Robin de Ponthual.